Continental Aerospace Technologies announces a new Prime drop-in Engine Replacement for the Cessna 172

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OSHKOSH, July 22, 2019 – Continental, an AVIC International Holding (HK) LTD company (HKEX: 232.HK), announces a new STC to install a Prime IO-370-D3A3 engine into Cessna R and S series 172s.

The economical, fuel-injected four-cylinder power-plant is an economical option to replace the original engine at TBO for 180 hp Cessna 172 R and S models.

The Prime IO-370-D3A3 delivers 180 hp, includes roller tappets and comes with a recommended TBO of 2,200 hours that extends to 2,400 hours for high utilization aircraft. 

The STC includes the engine, a Bendix impulse coupled ignition system to provide improved starting and reduced magneto maintenance, a starter, fuel system and associated STC paperwork to complete the installation on Cessna 172s currently using a Lycoming IO-360-L2A engine. 

The STC is priced at $27,226, delivering a factory new replacement engine at a level approaching that of field overhauls.

“As always, Continental is committed to bring more value to General Aviation. Our Prime IO-370 is a factory new engine with a factory new engine warranty, priced at a point that makes you wonder why you would overhaul your current engine,” said Chris Kuehn, Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Support, Continental.

“Add to this our customer focus, and you have a solution that will be favored by fleet operators and owners alike. This is why we fly with you,” Kuehn continued.

The complete kit is available to order today, with deliveries starting in September 2019. 

Continental’s regional sales managers are immediately available to help customers place orders and plan deliveries. Visit